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Few months to general election, Buhari finally bows to ASUU, approves N20bn for federal universities

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Less than five months to the general election, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of N20 billion to revitalize public universities in line with the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, made this disclosure in Abuja on Monday, September 24, 2018, NAN reports.

She explained that the money for the universities would be released through normal channels.

“The N20 billion for the universities would be released immediately in line with the established criteria used by the National Universities Commission.

“The federal government would monitor the progress of the implementation of the universities’ revitalization with a view to resolving emerging issues and keeping its promises to relevant stakeholders,” the minister said.

The President also approved the immediate release of N22.68 billion as retirement benefits for ex-workers of the rested Nigeria Airways.

There are however insinuations in some quarters that the Osun governorship election where the ruling APC failed in its bid to outrightly win the election due to grudges amongst electorate arising from the delay in payment of salaries to government workers, may have necessitated this latest move by the federal government to finally heed to ASUU’s demand.

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